Everyone is invited to "Like" the Clarke Elementary Facebook page to keep up on all the happenings at the elementary, including Leader in Me activities.
Click here to access the Clarke Elementary Facebook page or go to www.facebook.com/clarkelem/.
HS Students taking SWCC Classes:
100% refund date for online and face-to-face SWCC classes is end of day Monday, January 22nd.
Therefore, it is expected that a student who remains in a SWCC class after Monday, January 22 finishes the class. If a student drops a SWCC class after this date the student may receive an F (principal discretion) in the class on their high school transcript. The student will receive a W for withdraw on their SWCC transcript provided the class is dropped before the SWCC drop date.
For questions, contact Jennifer Scott at 342-6505 or email@example.com.
Several partners in the roadway construction industry have teamed up to create a contest aimed at raising the awareness of distracted driving among teenage drivers in Iowa. To start their campaign, the group is holding a video production competition with $2,000 in total prize money to be awarded to the top five public service announcement (PSA) videos submitted by teens.
The intent of this contest is to get high school students thinking about the dangers of distractions while driving and to promote greater awareness of the resulting facts and statistics. Creating a short (approximately 30 second) video that can be shared on social media channels is an excellent opportunity for creative teens. This project can be accomplished as a class project, with friends or individually.
Distracted driving is any activity that takes the driver's attention away from the primary task at hand while driving a vehicle.
In recent research conducted at the University of Iowa, among teens in moderate to severe rear-end crashes, more than 75% of drivers were observed engaging in a potentially distracting behavior. The most frequently seen driver behaviors were cell phone use, looking for a location outside the vehicle, and attending to passengers. Drivers using a cell phone had a significantly longer response time than drivers not engaged in any behaviors, while those attending to passengers did not. Additionally, in about 50% of the rear-end crashes where the driver was operating/looking at a phone (e.g., texting), the driver showed no driver response (i.e., braking or steering input) before impact, compared to 10% of crashes where the driver was attending to a passenger.
Students can learn more about the contest by visiting ditchthedistraction.com.
Substitute teachers are in high demand at Clarke Schools and in surrounding school districts. This summer, the Green Hills Area Education Agency will offer courses for substitute teacher authorization.
What's required to get a substitute teacher authorization?
Why become a substitute?
The Clarke High School Speech and Debate Teams have just been notified that they are the recipients of the 2016-17 Leading Chapter Award for the East Iowa District. They will receive a commemorative plaque from the district chair at the 2017-18 district tournament.
This coveted honor, based on student participation throughout the school year, is the highest recognition a school can receive from the National Debate & Speech Association. Only the top school in accumulated members and degrees per district earns this designation each year, and each school must wait at least five years before being eligible again. Out of more than 3,000 member schools nationwide, Clarke is one of only 108 to receive the Leading Chapter Award.
This award reflects 397 members and degrees over 19 years. In that time, several hundred students have been taught communication, critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration skills through speech and debate. The Leading Chapter Award serves as an indication of the Clarke and Mr. Don May's relentless dedication to these students and to speech and debate education. Congratulations to Mr. May and the Speech Team for this remarkable achievement!
Written by: Alexis Arnold and Ashley Franklin
The Clarke FCCLA chapter is a goal oriented group that strives to give back to their community in a multitude of different ways. Thus far this year our chapter has done several different endeavours to give back to our community people. On Friday, September 15 the chapter took a trip to the animal shelter to socialize the with animals and it also helps animals get adopted. A cat named, Morris, and a dog named, Diva, they were both adopted by a FCCLA members.
We also do activities like rallies and assemblies. On October 2nd we attend Fall Leadership Rally (FLR) in Des Moines. At FLR, members were introduced to all of the ways you can get involved with FCCLA. Thirteen people went and they did a summary video at the end of it.
On Saturday October, 21st the Harvest Barn had a family day at which we set up tables and activities for the children to partake in. We did face painting, decorated cookies, made bees on a plate with paint and string to raise awareness for their endangerment, made bird feeders, and decorated gourds. We had 29 people in attendance and some even dressed up for the occasion in cute Halloween costumes. The group had a blast and though it was rather windy the day was an overall success!
FCCLA members can plan activities just for the chapter to do, or they can plan activities for their projects that involve the whole school. Madyson Hill did a fundraiser for her STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) Event and she held a dodgeball tournament that raised $625. She is using the money from the fundraiser to make tie blankets for part residence in the nursing home. Other members doing projects to compete in STAR Events include Brittany Beckett and Sierra Bray. They collected items for domestic violence victims and invited a speaker to educate the entire student body about signs abusive relationships. There are many different ways to participate in FCCLA and make a difference in our community.
Diana Sagastizado and Cady Crawford have spent the last month going over to The Village and teaching children about making healthy snack choices. Emily Van Dyke is competing in Fashion Construction, and she is designing and construction an original clothing item. Kennedy Bland and Shayla Sitzmann are competing in the Advocacy event. They are working to bring a speaker to our high school to educate people on the danger of drunk driving. Tori Olsen is learning about entrepreneurship as she develops the plans to start her own mock business. Tannor Olsen is creating a website for the Clarke chapter through the national chapter website competition.
Here are our Peer Education participates: Cecilia Hadley (Families First), Marissa Utley and Emma South (Families First), and you two (Public Relations)
Matthew Hennes is widely known throughout Clarke High School as a teacher who provides hands-on learning experiences for his students. Whether they are blowing up something (outside and with safety glasses, of course), using hula hoops or building Rube Goldberg machines, Hennes' students enjoy this active learning style. See Mr. Hennes and his students as they create Oobleck out of corn starch and water.
School Board policies 505.3 Student Honors and Awards and 505.5 Graduation Requirements were changed and approved on Monday, September 25th.
The new policies will take effect starting with the class of 2021 (this year’s freshmen). Please see the summary below. Mrs. Scott will work to inform the Class of 2021 starting October 12.
There are no changes to the students honors and awards or diploma programs for the Classes of 2018, 2019, and 2020.
1) Eliminate class rank
2) Eliminate valedictorian, salutatorian and Top Ten awards at graduation
3) Eliminate the honors diploma
1) **Award students with a cumulative GPA of 4.0 or greater as “Top of the Class” at graduation.
2) Award students with a cumulative GPA of 3.75-3.99 as graduating “With High Distinction” at graduation.
3) Award students with a cumulative GPA of 3.5-3.74 as graduating “With Distinction” at graduation.
*Students who graduate having attended more than eight semesters of high school will not be eligible for these honors and awards unless at the principal’s discretion.
**When class rank is required for scholarship purposes any and all students achieving 4.0 or greater will be ranked number one.